About Us 2017-08-29T14:20:50+00:00

Leadership Team

David DiBella
David DiBellaFounder
Having founded Overland Park Karate in 2003, David started his martial arts training in 1983 at Chung’s Karate School in Kansas City, Missouri. Born and raised in Kansas City, David started Overland Park Karate with the idea of bringing together a community of dedicated and hard-working members by providing the highest level of instruction. David is a 5th degree Black Belt in Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do, traditional Korean karate.

A passion for martial arts runs in the family. David lives in Overland Park with his wife and two boys, all of whom are into the martial arts, running, weight training and all things active. David is a KU graduate and holds an MBA.

Art Kennedy
Art Kennedy
Art began training at Overland Park Karate in 2005 with his son, Conor.
Tim Danneberg
Tim Danneberg
Tim, and his two sons, have been training at a Overland Park Karate since 2005
Chris Ortiz
Chris Ortiz
Chris has been training in the martial arts since he was 7. A 2nd Degree Black Belt, Chris teaches Karate Kids, a program he was a student in over a decade ago.
Jianghua (Wendy) He
Jianghua (Wendy) He
Connor Kennedy
Connor Kennedy
Conor has been training and teaching at the studio for 11 years. A 2nd Degree Black Belt, Conor enjoys working with members and teaching the Karate Kids program.
Krissie DiBella
Krissie DiBella
Krissie has been training in the martial arts for 8 years and holds a 1st Degree Black Belt. Krissie, along with her husband David, founded Mindful Defense™ – a comprehensive self-defense program for all skill levels, regardless of age, gender or physical ability.